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Ian Stewart



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Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please?
      #661058 - 26/09/08 08:52 PM
The time has come for me to upgrade my firewire interface, at present I am using the M-Audio 410.

On the PC forum (Oh my god I so can't believe I admitted to reading that forum) the RME FF400 is highly recommended, would that be a good choice?

I use :

Mac PB 15"
Logic, Ableton, Renoise, Reason
Adam A7 monitors

Basically 1 stereo in and 3 or 4 stereo outs would be fine. Also 96hz/24 is fine, although I am more likely to use 88.2/24 if I use a higher sampling rate.

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stratquebec



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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: Ian Stewart]
      #661089 - 26/09/08 11:26 PM
One thing is sure. It can't be a bad choice.!

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Ian Stewart



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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: Ian Stewart]
      #661180 - 27/09/08 01:11 PM
I have just read the SOS review of the Konnekt 24D. Does any one know which has the better sound quality - the Konnekt 24D or RME 400?

Thanks,

Ian

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stratquebec



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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: Ian Stewart]
      #661198 - 27/09/08 02:52 PM
Sound quality is so subjective it's impossible to say that one sound's better than the other as long as your in the same price range, generaly interfaces sounds equal so to speak. It's exactly as asking which speakers sound better...

Rather set your criterias according to your needs:
A mobile interface? Has to work as a standalone device?
How much sim inputs you need?
Do you need 10 outputs rather than two?
Do you need ADAT?
Having the jacks in front or behind, does it matter to you?
Metering needed or just an overload indicator is ok?
One or two headphones jacks?
Built-in or external power-supply, is that important to you?
Etc Etc..

About reviews:
You'll always find good and bad reviews of anything available on the market so take users reviews with a grain of salt. Personnaly I find the custommer support to be one of the most if not the most important criteria to take in account so when I read reviews I focus on that. IMHO, a companie that hava a good custommer support sells good products. This is as simple.

You simply CAN'T go wrong with the most popular brand names. It's always question of what you need and what's your budget.

If you were satisfied with M-Audio why not upgrade for... another M-audio! The profire series looks interesting isn't it?

On my side I'm more than happy with my Saffire Le.

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Bob Moose



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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: Ian Stewart]
      #661201 - 27/09/08 03:01 PM
Hello,

I use a FF400 with a black MacBook laptop and with an old Shuttle PC. This is a great sound card in my opinion, I would not choose anything else for my work currently (even the FF800 because it's less portable and it can't be bus-powered).
I don't use sample rates higher than 48000Hz nor any of the softwares you mentionned, so I can't tell you more about it.


Regards,
-j


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Bob Moose



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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: stratquebec]
      #661202 - 27/09/08 03:02 PM
Quote stratquebec:


If you were satisfied with M-Audio why not upgrade for... another M-audio! The profire series looks interesting isn't it?



That's true.


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tant
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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: Ian Stewart]
      #661783 - 29/09/08 11:51 AM
I just bought a Motu Ultralite and i use it with a 2.4 MBP.

Works perfectly so far,sounds good and loads of I/O and is small enough to fit in laptop bag.

I had a Fw 410 before and they dont even compare when it comes to ease of use and sound quality in my opinion.

tant.

oh and i use it with ableton + reason mostly with no problems at all.

Edited by tant (29/09/08 11:52 AM)


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Kosmic Troubadour
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Re: Upgrading firewire interface - any suggestions please? new [Re: tant]
      #662058 - 29/09/08 11:09 PM
A slight aside - I've heard that the RME FF400 doesn't work with the Intel iMac firewire chips. Does anyone know?


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